Over in West Texas and the Texas Panhandle, peanut harvest was nearly complete by early November and well underway in South Texas.

“We expect all areas to be completely through with peanut harvest by mid-November.  Yields have been reported as average to a little above average and are grading well. Considering the fact that we're still under drought conditions, farmers seem to be happy with peanut quality and yields,” says Shelly Nutt, executive director for the Texas Peanut Producers Board.

In Collingsworth County, Texas, Rusty Strickland harvested 90 percent of his 560-acre crop by early November and reports consistent three-ton yields.  Growing a mixture of Runners and Spanish, Strickland reports exceptional grades.  “We grow the 458 Runners and the OL07.  The 458 have exceptional grades and it’s just a proven variety for this area,” says Strickland.  About 25 percent of Strickland’s operation is Spanish, specifically ‘Golden’ variety.

Ninety percent of his acreage is irrigated. 

“We were busier than we ever have been and ran the irrigation full time from May to September,” says Strickland.

The heat was exceptional in his area but not as bad as 2011.  “We caught a break from the wind and had two or three small rains that went a long way for us.”  Strickland rotates his crop every three years, planting cotton, wheat or milo in the off years.

Running a minimum-till operation, Strickland says weed resistance is a problem, but nothing he can’t control.  “I’ll use Valor after I plant.  There’s nothing we can’t control right now.”

With the 2012 peanut harvest almost in hand, farmers and buyers feel optimistic about this crop.  Kubicek even ventures to say this year may break records.  “We may break the 2008 yield records.”